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UK Panel of senior judges to prepare a ruling on Right to Die
Dec 23, 2013

The Telegraph in London (John Bingham, Social Affairs Editor) reported on 8 December 2013, that a full panel of nine Supreme Court Justices, headed by Lord Neuberger, the court’s President, is to be convened next week to hear the culmination of three separate legal challenges to the current ban on assisted suicide. The three cases have been put into one ‘super-case’ to allow a sweeping judgment on the current state of the law in England and Wales.

New-Mexico (USA) starts legal battle on the right to die
Dec 23, 2013

While working in Oregon, surgical oncologist Katharine Morris helped two terminally ill patients die on their own terms. Morris says she felt she was doing it to end suffering and to give her patients a sense of control. So now, while working in New Mexico, she's suing to get patients the option in New Mexico as well.
Four states - Oregon, Vermont, Washington and Montana  - 

Overview of Living Wills in the World
Dec 23, 2013

We recently retraced an overview of Living Wills around the world, produced as part of the 2004 Tokyo WF Conference.  If interested click here.

French panel recommends legalising assisted suicide
Dec 23, 2013

A panel set up at the request of President François Hollande on Monday (December 16, 2013) recommended legalising assisted suicide in France, where the debate on euthanasia has been revived after several tragic end-of-life stories. The suicides of two elderly couples in November and the heart wrenching testimony of a politician who watched her terminally-ill mother die after taking pills have shocked and moved France,

Dutch survey on agreement with assisted dying for the elderly
Dec 23, 2013

From The Medical Daily (Sabrina Bachai) of December 16, 2013:

A small percentage of Dutch people think that assisted suicides should be legal for the elderly who are tired of living. According to a Dutch survey published in the Journal of Medical Ethics approximately one out of every five people believe that doctors should help the elderly who are not seriously ill but who wish to die because they are tired of living their lives. “Our finding

Irish pioneer Mary Fleming dies
Dec 23, 2013

Ireland lost a brave and dedicated pioneer for the right to have aid in dying. In The Independent she was described as follows:

WFRtDS Newsletter Issue no 65, December 2013
Dec 21, 2013

WF's Newsletter, December 2013 edition is published today. Click here to read it.

Lilach's reports in Newsletter on non-compliance with advanced directive
Dec 2, 2013

Lilach's Newsletter, recently published (unfortunately in Hebrew only - see their website), the lead article from Eliahu Matza, President of Lilach and retired Justice, was translated in English: Intensive Care for Prolonging Pain reports the problems hospitals and intensive care unit doctors sometimes still have with compliance with the Law for the Terminally Ill Patient, which clearly states

New figures from survey on Americans' attitudes about end-of-life
Nov 29, 2013

Death with Dignity National Center reports on the release of data from a survey  on Americans' attitudes about end-of-life care and options. The report (Pew) can be found here. It compares the results with these of 1995 and 2005. The blog of DWDNC

Falconers' Bill on assisted dying reading in House of Lords to be expected in 2014
Nov 29, 2013

The original idea for a House of Lords reading of  Lord Falconers' Bill in October this year, got moved to (possibly)  June 2014 due to Parliamentary timetables. Actual month and date are not yet known.